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26 Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas You’ll Love

Running out of ideas of what to make for dinner? These chicken dinner ideas are the answer!

Chicken is one of the best source of protein out there. It’s delicious, nutritious, versatile, and affordable.

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No wonder it’s most moms’ favorite meat!

But having the same 10 chicken recipes on repeat can be boring. Now and again, you have to come up with something new to make your weekly meals more exciting.

It’s time to breathe new life into your outdated weeknight menu. I have 26 chicken dinner recipes to do just that. That’s almost an entire month’s worth of dinners! 

Scrumptious, juicy, and a cinch to make, there’s nothing dull about these chicken dishes at all. Enjoy!

25+ Easy Chicken Dinners to Make Tonight

1. Creamy Herb Chicken

Tender chicken smothered in a creamy herb dressing… come to Mama! 

Do you know what’s especially interesting about this bombshell of a dish? It’s so creamy, but it doesn’t require heavy cream or cheese!

That means you get to enjoy a rich and delectable dish without all the calories.

Also, it’s extremely easy to make. I know that’s what every busy parent wants to read! This creamy herb chicken is ready in just 15 minutes.

To make a complete meal, pair this dish with mashed potatoes… or mashed cauliflower for a low-calorie feast.

2. Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala that’s so insanely good it tastes like it came straight out of a restaurant: that’s what this recipe is all about.

There’s no need to be an expert in the kitchen to make this juicy chicken dish loaded with a rich and savory mushroom sauce.

Trust me, the sauce is so good, you’ll want to make extra. 

3. Honey Glazed Chicken

This honey-glazed chicken is so tasty, it’ll have you licking your fingers with glee.

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Crisp and juicy drumsticks coated with a thick and sticky honey soy glaze? Oh my goodness, this is impossible to resist!

4. Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

Lemon and rosemary chicken — wow, this dish is definitely seasoned with love.

There’s something magical about the combination of lemon, rosemary, and butter. First of all, the aroma is amazing. One whiff of this dish will get you drooling.

And, the flavor. The mind-blowing flavor. That salty, savory, tangy goodness just makes my heart jump up and down!

Serve this dish with steamed rice or mashed potatoes for the most delectable dinner.

5. Chicken Piccata

Need to serve dinner in like, 20 minutes? Don’t worry, I have you covered. This chicken piccata is the only recipe you’ll need!

Here’s everything you need to know about this dish: it’s 100% tender, juicy, and delightful. And it’s a cinch to make. It only takes 20 minutes!

Battered and deep-fried chicken breast drenched in butter, lemon juice, and wine, plus capers! Get in my belly.

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

6. Chicken Pot Pie

In the mood for some comfort food? Chicken pot pie it is!

Tender chicken, crisp veggies, and creamy sauce tucked in a buttery, flaky crust. Be still, my heart!

The best part? This recipe only requires 10 minutes of prep time! The rest is up to the oven. 

7. Sweet and Sour Chicken

Breaded crispy fried chicken coated in a sweet and tangy sauce, and mixed with pineapple, onions, and bell peppers?

This is the ultimate weeknight dinner!

If you don’t think you can make sweet and sour chicken the way your favorite Chinese recipe does, think again.

This recipe is so easy yet yields the crispiest, most flavorful dish! 

8. Sesame Chicken

One look at this sesame chicken and you can already tell how good it is. 

It’s so crispy, you’ll hear a loud crunch in every bite. And that sweet and savory sesame sauce? It hits all the right notes!

Another thing I love about it is that there’s no frying involved. You can achieve that ridiculously crisp consistency just by baking the chicken!

9. Chicken Parmesan

When it comes to chicken dishes, chicken parmesan is king. There’s nothing like crisp chicken in marinara sauce and lots of cheese! 

This chicken parm is love at first bite. The chicken is pan-fried to achieve a super tender and juicy consistency.

Then it’s completely covered in a flavorful marinara sauce. 

And of course, how can we forget the parmesan? Loads and loads of cheese make this dish a masterpiece.

Fried Chicken

10. Fried Chicken

I can’t have a list of chicken dinner ideas and not have fried chicken on it. You can’t go wrong with this well-loved classic.

Crispy skin, juicy meat, heavenly flavor. This is chicken at its best. 

This recipe is the copycat of Cracker Barrel’s fried chicken. Man, it’s amazing… and dare I say it, it tastes even better than the original.

11. Orange Chicken

Move over Panda Express: this orange chicken may be homemade, but it’s absolutely incredible.

This recipe is a copycat of the popular Panda Express dish. The sauce is a little different from the original, but trust me, it still tastes phenomenal. Try it and see for yourself!

12. Butter Chicken

Murgh Makhani or butter chicken is a classic Indian dish that’s popular around the world.

It’s a rich and creamy dish made with chicken marinated in yogurt and swimming in curry.

Pair butter chicken with Jasmine rice for a wonderful Indian-themed dinner.

13. Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker chicken is crispy chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce. This dish is absolute perfection.

The chicken is super crisp, but it’s not deep-fried. Instead, it’s browned in a pan and baked until cooked and golden.

The sauce is sweet and spicy and also has notes of tanginess thanks to the Buffalo sauce. The flavor combo will give you fireworks in your mouth!

Chicken Fingers

14. Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers ready for dinner in under 20 minutes? Yes, please!

These chicken fingers are incredibly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. The flavor is salty, savory, and sensational. 

Plus, it comes together in no time! You only need 20 minutes, thanks to the help of Bisquick. 

15. Roasted Chicken

Say goodbye to store-bought rotisserie chicken and hello to this superb dish! One bite will blow your tastebuds away.

Perfectly roasted chicken flavored with garlic, rosemary, parsley, and lemon? You can already tell how amazing this dish is!

The addition of white wine gives it a perfect punch of flavor.

No-Peek Chicken

16. No-Peek Chicken

This simple casserole only calls for five ingredients, but its flavors will knock your socks off. It’s so good, it will disappear in a snap!

Complete with rice, chicken, mushroom, and a creamy sauce, this dish is a meal on its own. It’s drool-worthy, hearty, and a cinch to make, to boot.

17. Creamy Chicken Noodle Skillet

One pan and 20 minutes are all it takes to make this unbelievably creamy chicken noodle skillet! 

I can’t even begin to express how obsessed I am with this dish.

The egg noodles make it so hearty, and the chicken, carrots, celery, and onions make it incredibly flavorful. The texture combos are also epic.

It’s ready in just 20 minutes, too!

18. Chicken Fajitas

Serve this Mexican classic on Taco Tuesday for the most magnificent meal. 

Chicken fajitas: what’s not to love about this dish? It’s juicy chicken sauteed, bell peppers, and onions in one bite!

Loaded with your favorite Mexican toppings and wrapped in a tortilla, this dish is sublime. From the colors to the flavors and textures, these fajitas get a 15 out of 10! 

19. Chicken Enchiladas

Speaking of Mexican treats, here’s another one for ya. These chicken enchiladas are legendary!

How can anyone say no to this fun and flavorful dish? Juicy chicken, chiles, onions, beans, and cheese stuffed in a soft and sweet tortilla. 

And the sauce? To say that it’s special is an understatement, you guys. The flavors are just epic!

It’s definitely a must-try. Don’t worry, it’s a snap to make!

20. Million Dollar Chicken Casserole

This million-dollar chicken casserole is so delectable, it’ll have you feeling like a billionaire!

Here’s a rundown of what goes on in this delicious dish: chicken, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, garlic, butter, and crushed Ritz crackers. 

I MEAN. It’s insane! And I love it.

Serve this with green beans for a light and nutritious contrast, and you’ll have a million-dollar dinner.

21. Easy Chicken Stir Fry

This chicken stir-fry is packed with crisp veggies and flavored with the most fantastic sauce!

Honey, soy sauce, sesame oil – that’s what makes up the sauce for this dish. Now, tell me that’s not amazing. 

Who says you can’t have a delightful dish that’s also healthy? 

22. BBQ Chicken Pizza

Homemade pizza? I’m sold.

This pizza is loaded with BBQ sauce, chicken onions, and gouda cheese. Smoky, cheesy, and super yummy. It’s so good, my heart can’t take it!

23. Buffalo Chicken Wings

These Buffalo chicken wings are seriously crispy and perfectly flavored.

The sauce has just the right balance of spicy and tangy. Dipped in a creamy ranch dressing, the whole thing is a flavor explosion waiting to happen.

And the best part is you need not even fry the wings to make them crispy. The trusty oven will take care of that for you.

24. Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Time to take out the grill, because we’re making kabobs!

Summers are all about picnics and barbecues. Want to impress your guests with a fabulous dish with a tropical twist?

These pineapple chicken kabobs are the way to go.

These grilled skewers are made with tender chicken, veggies, and sweet pineapple slathered with a smoky barbecue sauce. Superb!

25. BBQ Chicken Wings

This wings recipe will create a beautiful flavor harmony in your mouth!

These BBQ chicken wings are baked, not fried. It’s a decadent dish that’s secretly healthy.

Crispy baked chicken wings coated with a sweet, smoky, and sticky BBQ sauce? Now that’s what I call the ultimate Super Bowl snack!

But since it’s a breeze to make, you can make it any day of the week!

26. Chicken Adobo

In the mood for Asian food? This chicken adobo will scratch that itch for ya.

Chicken adobo is a classic Filipino dish packed with maximum umami flavor. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out. 

Tender chicken coated in a rich sauce made with soy sauce and vinegar, and spiced with peppercorns and garlic. It may be simple, but the flavors are spot on. 

The only way to eat chicken adobo is with heaps of white rice. Let the rice soak up all that rich sauce for the most soul-satisfying meal!

26 BEST Ways to Cook Chicken for Dinner

Running out of ideas for what to make for dinner? Try these 26 chicken recipes! From creamy herb chicken to chicken adobo, these dishes will become your new favorites.


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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